25 Wellness Tips

We spoke to operators to get 25 tips from their successful health and wellness programs.

Seek feedback to build wellness program: Be proactive in reaching out to your students and staff in a variety of ways to be sure you are giving them the wellness programs they want. We have a staff member go out and talk to students and staff about what they want to learn about. Some of them might want to focus on cooking healthier comfort foods, or students might want to learn how to cook healthy and quick meals in their dorms. We provide education based on what they are requesting. We also use Survey Monkey to conduct surveys and meet with different student groups on campus to find out what everyone wants in their wellness education. 

—Terry Baker, university dining services director, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater 

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